TikTok has undeniably changed the music industry. Lil Nas X famously exploded on the scene with “Old Town Road” last year, which rocketed to the top of the Billboard music charts and stayed there for 17 weeks — but it all started as a TikTok meme. See, despite what my 12-year-old neighbor might tell you, TikTok isn’t just the domain of viral dance challenges. (She’s performed the “Carol Baskin” dance, set to the tune of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” for me about a billion times since it became a meme in April.) Today, funny TikTok videos are the sole reason plenty of people even have the app downloaded.
TikTok is fertile ground for comedians who leverage the platform’s short, snappy video format to make all sorts of weird and hilarious content. What’s especially exciting is that, until recently, most of the funny people going viral with large TikTok followings were totally unknown — the app is somewhat democratizing being discovered.
Logging on to TikTok for the first time can be a bit intimidating — the platform has a seemingly endless supply of 14-year-olds you’ve never heard of with millions of followers. But once you find a handful of creators who appeal to your interests, TikTok becomes an addicting trove. Here’s a roundup of the best accounts to follow for funny TikTok videos, to inject some levity into your feed:
Robyn Schall (@robynschallcomic)
Robyn Schall went viral in November 2020 with her hilarious and highly relatable, “My 2020 goal list is trolling me,” video. Since then, the New York-based comedian has appeared on shows like The Drew Barrymore Show and HBO Max’s That Damn Michael Che, while continuing to post funny TikTok videos. Check out her take on Kim Kardashian’s morning routine and her attempts to recreate incredible feats by strong women — her combination of physical comedy, wit, and a truly infectious laugh make Schall endlessly watchable.
Parker Kit Hill (@parkerkithill)
Real talk: Parker Kit Hill was the first creator I searched when I got TikTok. I’ve followed him on Instagram forever and am endlessly delighted by his goofy, often very leggy, antics. (Hill is represented by IMG Models and can rock a “lewk” as well as Naomi Campbell or Billy Porter.) Look out for the TikTok of him and Lizzo washing their hands together, it’s iconic.
Adrian Bills (@adrianbliss)
Before TikTok, Adrian Bliss was a fairly well-known British YouTuber (he was even nominated for a Shorty Award in 2017) — but that was nothing compared to his current TikTok fame. Bliss is a one-man comedy troupe, creating sketches complete with extensive costumes, green screen backdrops, multiple characters. His witty, deadpan videos — in which he plays everything from a shrimp on Noah’s Ark to a sperm that’s lost its way — have all been viewed more than 1 million times.
Brittany Broski (@brittany_broski)
Brittany Broski first went viral as “kombucha girl,” when a clip of her taste-testing the fizzy, fermented drink became a meme on “gay Twitter.” Her sudden Tik Tok fame last summer actually got her fired from her job working in trust and investment services at a bank. Within a month, she packed up her life and moved to LA. We love to see it!
Karan Menon (@thekaranmenon)
Karan Menon has amassed a TikTok following of nearly 300,000 people with his satirical videos that address a span of social justice issues. Some of his most popular TikToks explain the 2021 Indian farmers protest. qualified immunity for police, and COVID vaccine apartheid in a way that’s both humorous and eye-opening.
Reggie Couz (@officialreggiecouz)
Reggie Couz is a one-man improv troupe, churning out snappy comedy sketches where he plays all the parts. Look out for his recurring father-son scenes and a Tik Tok where Couz vastly improves a Geico commercial.
Drea German (@dreaknowsbest)
With more than four million followers, Drea Knows Best has become a sketch comedy phenomenon on Tik Tok, beloved for her relatable comedy rooted in the absurdity of everyday life. A personal favorite is a recent prank she played on her brother. Timeless!
Ricky Chainz (@therickychainz)
Aussie comic Ricky Chainz epitomizes dad humor — but in a way that manages to be pretty adorable and not-at-all square. Bonus: lots of his Tik Toks feature his extremely cute kids.
Sarah Cooper (@whatchugotforme)
Sarah Cooper became Tik Tok’s most famous Trump impersonator literally overnight this April, after her video, “How to Medical,” where she lip syncs the president’s infamous musings about eradicating coronavirus by shining UV light inside human bodies, went massively viral. Because there’s an infinite supply of audio clips of Trump saying insane things, Cooper has made the impersonations her schtick. She’s spookily good at them, too.
Meggie Foster (@meggiefoster)
Meggie Foster is the British version of Sarah Cooper, basically. She got noticed for her “Bedtime with Boris” video, where she dubbed audio of Boris Johnson reading George Orwell’s 1984 to Theresa May. A personal favorite is a recent skit where Foster played BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty, who cut her own hair in quarantine to somewhat disastrous results.
Jeff the fish is depressed. “I don’t feel like swimming no more, man,” he laments to his buddy, another fish. “Don’t be thinking like that, man. We have to swim! We’re fish!” the ensuing pep talk begins. It’s a simple, genius sketch, with all the roles played by one dude, Kylen. And it’s been viewed more than 19 million times on Tik Tok. Kylen has lots more animal comedy where that came from: he’s dramatized the lives of spiders, mosquitos, and kangaroos, too.
Josh Alfred (@realjosh2funny)
Say hello to Tik Tok’s resident pun-master. Josh Alfred started the #dontleaveme challenge when he posted a video of himself standing on a leaf and quipping, “I’m on leave.” It sounds silly, but the ensuing pun parade Alfred has inspired on Tik Tok is pretty delightful.
Adam Waheed (@adamw)
Adam Waheed was a struggling comedian when he moved from Texas to Los Angeles three years ago. Now he’s one of Tik Tok’s most high-profile funny guys, with an audience of more than 7 million fans gobbling up his highly-edited slapstick comedy.
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